Glossopdale Furniture Project celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

The project is a registered charity based in Glossop, supported by Derbyshire County Council, High Peak Borough Council, Derbyshire Foundation and various Charitable Trusts.

It was created in 1997 when it became clear that a charity project of this nature was needed.

Those he helps are referrals from social services, housing charities, women’s shelters and many other local organizations.

Manager Paul Marsh told the Chronicle: “We can supply anything from a simple dining table to a house full of furniture. Most of the items come from the public, instead of going to landfill.

“We live in a throwaway society, but a lot of what is thrown away is perfectly usable by someone else. The only things we can’t take are sofas that don’t have flame retardant labels. and washing machines.

“We are always looking for any type of furniture, so if you cannot use it, please contact us. We also cooperate with retailers so that we can obtain exhibition items or end-of-line furniture. »

The project opened in 1997 when they started distributing toasters, microwaves and kettles.

Paul added: “The way it has grown is phenomenal. Now we have eight staff and eight volunteers. The way we help people is different. Those who are referred to us with nothing and no money to buy whatever whatever, we can help them with free items from our Pikes Lane warehouse.

“Those who don’t have a lot of money, we can offer a deep discount on sale items from our George Street store.”

The Project is the only voluntary organization within the High Peak offering such a service and is in constant demand.

It is seen by statutory and voluntary bodies who use the project as a lifeline for their service users. Such is the demand, requests for help with the project have been received nationwide far beyond the High Peak borough it serves.

Paul says: “We’ve even had inquiries from the south of England as well as the Scottish Borders. We try to help as many people as possible. »

Relying on donations of unwanted furniture and household items to maintain its stock, the project salvages, restores, refurbishes and recycles furniture for sale.

Its premises in Pikes Lane and George Street are open to the general public for the purchase of used and pre-loved furniture which will go towards the charity’s funds.

With a growing trend towards retro decorating, the Project’s specialist furniture paint shop is very busy. This not only helps fund the charity, but also benefits the local environment by diverting over 100 tonnes a year of good, usable furniture from the waste stream.

If you wish to contact the project, details can be found on their website

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